Originally Posted by AdrenalinJunkie
i think what he's gettin is that the PC market is for "gamerz" and he's pissed because he cant utilize the wonderful power of the mac to play those "gamez".
Mac's are mostly for high end graphics, video production, and heavy consistent productivty (unheard of to pc users because they crash every month). Only until the last couple years Apple has targeted the consumer and has tailored most of their products (ipod, imac) for home videos, making slide shows..etc. But go into any real audio/video production studio, any graphic design studio, and you will see macs =)
funny how that works out.
As ernie had said "The portability/consistency/usability of the OS over the years is what amazes me." It truly is amazing....dealing with ad ware, worms, viruses, formatting, defragmenting is unheard of.
As for the hardware, pc's need to be upgraded every 3 months to keep up with new "advances". At the end up, add the orginal cost, time setting it up, time reformating and dealing with windows related problems, upgrading every 6 months....and ive still got my original "stock" g5, which has never crashed, still running as fast as it did right out of the box, and prob. still faster than your pc.
just some things to think about.
I dunno...the viruses, the worms, spyware. Why would I bother writing any of it for a cap of 5% of the market? There's more gsxr's stolen than triumphs each year, but it's not that triumphs have better theft protection. If you're willing to pay the price, Mac should be worth it once they get the kinks out in a year or two...no way I'd buy their Intel any time soon though.
OS X is a good operating system...my thoughts are that it would be even better if it was made open source. Apple has got other things to worry about anyway. I see a huge benefit if it went open source for Mac users.
As for upgrading pc's and crashes...that's all leftover BS from the windows 98 days. You'll come across problems on XP, but it's much more solid. The only time I reboot is when I've made an install that requires it or if I've shut down the computer to go outta town. I can run my dvd decryption program, virtual machine, firefox, adobe photoshop, and quicktime all at once with zero issues. The hardware part is solid as well. Upgrading a pc every 6 months? C'mon, my system that I sunk $900 into 2 years ago will run even the most demanding of games at their top specs.
Building a mac? Sure you can do it, and you can learn to ride on an R1 if you've never touched a bike before. Not easy and not a good idea for most though.